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Multiple-Choice Quiz: Which Came First?

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Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Fortunately, this fun quiz doesn't ask such esoteric questions. Instead, it checks out your knowledge of history by asking you to pick which came first among three selections. You’ll find the answers after the test, including a short explanation and relevant link. This makes the quiz suitable for parents and kids.

Don’t spoil the fun by looking for answers online or in books. This is a test of what you personally know. Put your scores, thoughts, and suggestions in the comment box.


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which of these pets came first?
    • Cat
    • Dog
    • Hamster
  2. What country was founded first?
    • France
    • Germany
    • USA
  3. Which modern convenience was invented first?
    • Portable Transistor Radio
    • Cable TV
    • Personal Computer
  4. Which state joined the USA first?
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Rhode Island
  5. Which social media platform appeared first?
    • Facebook
    • YouTube
    • Twitter
  6. What dinosaur roamed the earth first?
    • Tyrannosaurus Rex
    • Apatosaurus (formerly called brontosaurus)
    • Triceratops
  7. Which toy came first?
    • Barbie Doll
    • G.I. Joe
    • LEGO
  8. Which fast food was sold first on the streets of the US?
    • Hamburgers
    • Hot Dogs
    • Milkshakes
  9. Which company came first?
    • Google
    • Netflix
    • PayPal
  10. Which structure was dedicated first?
    • Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA
    • Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
    • Lincoln Memorial in Washingon DC, USA

Answer Key

  1. Dog
  2. USA
  3. Cable TV
  4. New Jersey
  5. Facebook
  6. Apatosaurus (formerly called brontosaurus)
  7. LEGO
  8. Hot Dogs
  9. Netflix
  10. Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA


1. Dogs are humanity’s oldest pets, having been domesticated 16,000 years ago in Europe and then again 14,000 years ago in Asia. But a 32,000-year-old skull found in Belgium may have been the first dog. Cats were buried with their owners about 12,000 years ago. Hamsters were bred in the 1930s from an original litter at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. They reached the US as pets by 1938.

2. The USA was founded on July 4, 1776, which is celebrated as Independence Day. France was founded on July 14, 1789, since celebrated as Bastille Day. Germany originated as the unified German Empire on January 18, 1871. It was split into East and West Germany during the cold war and became the current Federal Republic of Germany on October 3, 1990, which is celebrated as Unity Day.

3. Cable TV came out as early as 1948 to bring over-the-air TV signals to remote communities in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Oregon. In 1954, Texas Instruments produced the first pocket transistor radio, the Regency TR-1. Depending on who you ask, the first personal computer was either the KENBAK-1, introduced in 1971, or the Altair 8800, for which the term was described, which came out in 1975.

4. Ratifying the Constitution allowed a state to join the United States. New Jersey did it first on December 18, 1787, followed by New York on July 25, 1788, and then Rhode Island on May 29, 1790.

5. Of the listed social media sites, Facebook was founded first on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg. YouTube launched in 2005 and Twitter appeared on March 21, 2006.

6. Dinosaurs lived over a very long time span starting with Apatosaurus (aka Brontosaurus) around 150 million years ago during the late Jurassic. Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops lived around the same time around 67 million years ago during the Cretaceous.

7. Although these toys continue to fascinate kids today, they all originated over 50 years ago starting with LEGO in 1958, Barbie in 1959, and G.I. Joe in 1964.

8. Sausages have been around since Roman times. However, hot dogs were sold by German immigrants on pushcarts in the 1860s. Hamburgers showed up in the late 1800s although the origins are contested by many locations. They appeared to a wide public at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The term “milkshake” appeared in print in 1885 to refer to a whiskey and egg concoction but came to mean an ice cream drink made with vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate syrup by the early 1900s.

9. The Netflix movie site was founded on Aug 29, 1997. Then came Google Search on September 4, 1998. Finally, the PayPal payment processor began in December 1998.

10. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. The Eiffel Tower was dedicated on March 31, 1889. Gustav Eiffel designed the internal structure of the grand lady as well as the Paris landmark. The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on May 30, 1922.

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© 2019 Aurelio Locsin


Aurelio Locsin (author) from Orange County, CA on January 03, 2020:

Just picked them out at random, I guess. I didn't really have a plan in picking the questions.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on December 17, 2019:

Okay...I'm not near as smart as I thought. Fun and interesting questions. Just curious - how did you decide on these questions?

Marlene Bertrand from USA on November 06, 2019:

I scored a lot lower than I thought I would, but the quiz was fun and reading about the history of events was fascinating.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 15, 2019:

Not happy with my score but that helped to increase my GK.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 27, 2019:

Great quiz, but the result was a bit demoralising.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 27, 2019:

Boy, not paying attention in history class really showed in this quiz. I won't even tell you my score!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on February 26, 2019:

Gee, I thought I'd do much better on the quiz. Just goes to show how much I don't know. Hey - this rhymes. :)

A fun and interesting article. I hope you follow up with at least one more, or better yet, start a series!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 26, 2019:

I was interested in reading the answers to your quiz. I have to admit not knowing all of the correct answers. This was fun and educational at the same time.

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